Hernia mesh is intended to become implanted in the tissues (like the abdominal wall) to strengthen weakened areas, and repair pain caused by hernia occurrences. This device was used in minimally invasive surgeries to repair abdominal hernias or other issues related to connective tissue beneath the skin that require a reinforcing or bridging material. Although hernia mesh surgery is fairly common and non-invasive, studies indicated a higher risk of developing complications with hernia mesh repairs compared to other devices.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the most common adverse events reported for hernia repair surgery include the following:
- Scar-like tissue that sticks tissues together (adhesion)
- Hernia recurrence
- Intestinal blockage
- Perforation (a hole in neighboring tissues or organs)
- Mesh migration
- Mesh shrinkage (contraction)
These complications sometimes necessitate additional surgeries—referred to as revision surgery—to remove the device and repair damage. However, because synthetic surgical mesh was designed to integrate itself into the tissue and stay in the body indefinitely, removal of the mesh is extremely difficult. Blood vessels and tissues grow around the mesh, requiring doctors to remove it in pieces, one surgery at a time. In some cases it may not ever be possible to remove all the mesh. Even if the mesh can be removed, some patients are still be left with some of the complications associated with these repairs.
According to the American College of Surgeons, based on outcomes reported in the last ten years, there is typically a 4% chance a hernia can recur and a 2% risk of returning to surgery due to complications. Studies reveal hernia mesh may be associated with much higher recurrence and revision rates from hernia repairs compared to similar devices used for this type of procedure.
If you suffered health problems after undergoing a hernia mesh procedure, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your medical bills and pain and suffering. Our experienced team of attorneys can evaluate your case and advise you on whether you have basis to file a suit. We will be your advocate against the company that manufactured the product that has caused you harm or injury. To find out if you have a claim, please call Avram Blair & Associates, P.C. at (800) 634-7490 or contact us online for your free consultation.